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Set in Iran, the story follows the ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the 2009 presidential election, Afshin and some friends risk their lives and form a dance company. The group learned from videos of Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev even though the online videos are banned. Afshin and Elaheh also learn from each other and how to embrace their passion for dance and for the other.
In May 1747, the aging Johann Sebastian Bach (Vadim Glowna) meets the young King Frederick II of Prussia (Jürgen Vogel) in Potsdam. For one week, these two titans of the Baroque era play out a father-and-son relationship that is sometimes painful, yet often humorous. A battle of giants that provokes joyful chaos, both among the Bach clan as well as in the royal palace.
Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government .
Zinos, a young restaurant owner in Hamburg, is going through a rough time : his girlfriend Nadine has gone to Shanghai, the new chef of his restaurant, the Soul Kitchen, scares away the clients, and he is having a backache!
A touching, poetic exploration of the relationship between mind, body and sound, and a cinematic journey to the borders of communication. The extraordinary story of Wolfgang Fasser, a blind musician and soundscape artist who works with severely disabled children, helping them to find a place in a world not made for them.
An unlikely friendship between the son of Nazi refugees and the daughter of Jewish refugees is paralleled with the political situation in Argentina. A return to Germany leads to some unexpected shifts in the relationship between the two.
He was a student activist, an urban guerrilla, a taxi driver; Joseph "Joschka" Fischer emerged from the Extra-parliamentary Opposition (APO) to become Hessen's trainer-clad environment minister and Germany's suited and booted foreign minister. Director Pepe Danquart follows Joschka's colourful life through six decades of postwar Germany from the phoney fifties, to the wild APO days.
A love story set against the backdrop of the changing political and social environment in Europe in the late 80's and early 90's. Can this love survive the challenges of emigration, a violent homeland and immoral social atmosphere thanks to a gang of adventurous friends?
It is the story of Anita and Fred, married for 50 years. The autumn of their lives has long begun, but they continue to live their love – self-determined and not always symbiotic. When Fred becomes terminally ill, he hides it from his family, apart from his wife. Freedom or denial? The last weeks of a loving couple which concludes with the question of everlasting love in an extraordinary decision.
Selected at more than 70 festivals worldwide Prora, on the Baltic Sea. Mysterious, endless. In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that puts their friendship at risk.
Berlin 1985. Epstein, a Jewish scrap iron merchant and his friend Adam Rose, somewhat reluctantly agree to accompany their cook's small daughter to a Christmas mass. The two old men are shocked to discover that the priest is none other than the SS officer who tortured them in the concentration camp.
Abandoned by her father, Lana, grows up in a zoo under the guardianship of zookeepers and surrounded by the animals, cages and nature. The unexpected arrival of a charming illusionist changes everything. Lana falls in love with him and, for the first time ever, leaves the zoo. But her happiness is short-lived: during a performance, the illusionist disappears in a cloud of smoke.
Liefi decides to leave her cage and flee into the wild. For an inexperienced hen wandering like this, dangers lurk around every corner. On her way, Liefi meets a dangerous weasel. Fortunately, he turns out to be a "walker" who leads the other wild animals. Liefi sees him as a white knight and falls desperately in love with him. .
Maravan, a charming young immigrant from Sri Lanka works in Zurich as a sous-chef, but dreams of opening his own restaurant where traditional Indian kitchen, as his grandmother taught it to him, crosses over with avant-garde "molecular kitchen". Turns out his creations are highly aphrodisiatic... Based on the bestseller by Martin Suter
It features five of the residents, whose memories evoke the world of the artist under the communist system, while on a more intimate level they provide rare first-hand glimpses of the rapidly changing world of Russia throughout the 20th century. At the same time the film gives an inside view of this unusual home and its residents in their everyday lives.
A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. A larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.
Business thriller in which a brilliant young woman leaves her husband and the bleakness and stagnation of Eastern Germany for the more prosperous West, in search of work and a future. Once in Hanover, she meets a shady business accountant who, with her consent, pulls her into his schemes. A brilliantly creepy cautionary tale about capitalism.
Russia was in the silent year of 1905, at the dawn of its first revolution; the historic upheavals to come were already beginning but in the meantime, the population was still full of resentments, in particular towards the Jewish minority.
The story is set in Palestine in 1947, during the British mandate period. The Zionists are fighting for the establishment of a Jewish state. A member of the armed Jewish underground has been sentenced to death by the British authorities. In return, his comrades kidnap a British officer. During the whole night they are waiting together for the outcome of the negotiation.
August Manzl is an entrepreneur, patriarch through and through. None of his - nowadays grown - children is good enough to step in his shoes. He unexpectedly is diagnosed with a deadly disease and given just a few months by his doctor. He calls for a family meeting and tells them that the person who kills him within a week, will have the company. If no one succeeds, the legacy is gone.
André, obsessed with his mother's well-being, can't break away from her even as he falls for Steffi, the pretty saleswomen at the local sausage van. Charming scam artist Bill arrives from the States and wins over Louise as he starts to call her “mom”...
From France to China, from Germany to USA, Alphabet calls into question an educational system completely focused on competition and quantitative results at the expenses of imaginative capacities. Taking experts in education as witnesses, such as Sir Ken Robinson, a PISA manager or Arno Stern, the director closes the trilogy that began with "We Feed the World" and "Let's Make Money".
Bank robber Zeki Müller has just been out of prison. Upon his release, he goes to retrieve the money he stole in order to repay a debt, but his friend buried it in a construction site. During Zeki's time in prison, the construction project was completed and his money is now buried beneath the new gymnasium at the Goethe Gesamtschule.
Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world's best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately — or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary — this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are "a stupid idea".
Julie, a young woman who lacks self-confidence lives in a world of her own, absorbed by an idealised memory of her husband, killed in an accident. Alex, a young writer, is attempting in vain to repeat the success of his first book. As nothing seems to work anymore he sees no other way out than suicide. About to shoot himself near an isolated cliff, Alex is disturbed by Julie's cries for help.
In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle. One week later, Julien decided to meet then for the week end, but the Germans are already occupying the village.
A look at the history of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as "The Butcher of Lyon." This documentary's main focus will be on Barbie's post-war activities, in which he became a counter-intelligence agent who worked for the same countries that pursued him during WWII.
The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories, but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers.
The unprecedented success story of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began high up in the Himalayas. In the late 50s the guru arrived in Hollywood to propagate his school of meditation and "achieve world peace". He attracted numerous prominent followers, including the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Clint Eastwood. Today almost six million people worldwide practice transcendental meditation (TM).
The Catalan restaurant El Bulli has long become a legend and is now history. Archeologist and filmmaker Gereon Wetzel was allowed into the kitchens during two six-month cycles of experimentation and operations for a unique look at Ferran Adrià and his famous restaurant
Bica is a fifteen year old girl who is better known on the streets by the nickname "Bitch." Approached by crooked former lawman named Cristu with an offer to raise the money her family so desperately needs and gets inducted into a clandestine pickpocketing organization. One day Bica meets friendly teenager Milka and begins to ponder what it might be like to live a "normal" life.
A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. His wife left him for his daughter's former music teacher. Five years later, the opportunity to start a new life is offered to him. One day, he finds a door that allows him to go back five years ago. But in the past, appearances are deceiving...
They are teenagers who fled crisis regions and undertook an extremely dangerous journey to Europe, all alone, hoping for one thing: to live. After arriving here, they fight to live normal lives, struggling against a system that demands they sacrifice their youth to an uncertain future.
The film is shot in Nassau Bay, the elegant residential area in Houston where Claude has lived for the past 25 years. Whilst his colleagues continue to dream of travelling in space, Claude prepares for a more earthbound life in Europe.
As the era of Saddam ends in Iraq, far away in Germany, Azad, a Kurdish exile is glued to the TV screen. He has invited over his exiled Iraqi friends to celebrate the event. They have brought plenty of wine and food. As the guests dance, sing and rejoice together, a continuous stream of images is shown on television - and the initial joy becomes fused with ongoing tensions and betrayals.
German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey.
Paris, occupied France, 1942. Younes, an uneducated Algerian immigrant, ekes out a very modest living on the black market. When the police catches him they set him free provided he infiltrates the Paris Mosque and spies on the rector.